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The Oscars 2014 THE NOMINEES Recognizing the year’s best films

BEST PICTURE American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

Nebraska Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

Captain Phillips Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

Dallas Buyers Club Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

Gravity Alfonso Cuar贸n and David Heyman, Producers

The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

BRITNEY LEAVE BLONDE HAIR!! Britney Spears surprised fans with a new image, the same as announced through a post on its official Facebook account. Pictured is the 32 year old singer in a dressing room and smiling in the mirror.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE RETURNED THIS GESTURE TO A FAN!! Justin Timberlake had a bad moment during a concert featuring Philadelphia when a fan who was very close to the stage, made the sign of the middle finger. Timberlake asumió el mal momento con humor y agregó. “Ese es el momento más extraño que he tenido con una multitud”.

LADY GAGA IS ATTACKED BY AN ANIMAL!! Lady Gaga was attacked in the week by a wild animal. It happened when the singer was filming her new music video, where she used a type or primate who without thinking twice bit her on the finger. The accident wasn´t serious given medical attention. Lady Gaga wanted to carry the primate, which is wild jungle, during a scene of the video, but she never imagined the attack, because it´s trainer was there and told them it was harmless.

The production decided that for the safety of the singer no animal was included in the recording. BRITNEY LOOKS TIRED!! Her show in the U.S. city, is getting very good reviews, but tired face does not remove anyone. The singer appeared with her new look hair dyed brown and was with many circles, along with a broken skin that possibly was caused by lack of hydration and excessive makeup.

FAST AND FURIOUS SEVENTH SHOOTING RESUMES!! Production was temporarily suspended after the car accident where Paul Walker died last November 30. Walker played Brian O'Conner ', passed away in late 2013, which caused the film's release was delayed one year and changes were made in the script.

Best Places To Visit In Mexico

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres If you’re looking for sun and beach, look





consistently ranked number one time and again by Orbitz and Travelocity as America’s choice in international vacation destinations. Cancun and the neighboring treasures of Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Isla Contoy, and the small, fisherman village of Puerto Morelos each year welcome over 3 million visitors. In the state of Quintana




focuses on water activities, including jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving, the latter along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second longest in the world. While the beach and hotel pools are the major draws to the Cancun and Riviera Maya regions, travelers also lured by attractions such as the Under Water Museum; the area’s culinary, nightlife and shopping experiences; and the popular archeological sites of Tulum, Chichen Itza and Cobá.


San Cristobal de las Casas, a city of over





cultural capital of Chiapas. The city has




houses, cobbled streets and colonial buildings, the most central being the main plaza or the Zócalo, around which tourists find local peoples selling handmade crafts and textiles in open-air markets. Surrounded by dozens of Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages San Cristobal is one the most deeply rooted





country and a central starting point for southern-most state in Mexico.






Puerto Vallarta is one of the major resort destinations of Mexico, American

especially and



travelers. While many only associate Puerto Vallarta with sun and beach, the city is also home to one of the most dynamic art scenes in Mexico with the Galería Dante and Galería



traditional and contemporary art and sculptures. The city is also popular for its diverse selection of places to eat, ranging from beachside taco stands to upscale restaurants with panoramic views of the bay. Riviera Nayarit, an area that has been a high priority for commercial developers and hoteliers in the past few decades, is located about fifteen minutes from PV’s airport. The area includes the ultraexclusive Punta Mita with some of the most high-end hotels in Mexico, as well as the resort town of Rincón de Guayabitos. BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR: LOS CABOS AND LA PAZ

Known for its natural features and blazing temperature, Baja California




melding of desert and ocean. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is easily accessible by plane, which is why it’s a favorite destination for many American travelers, especially those from the west coast of the USA. Its location, with the Sea of Cortes on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, gives one a sense of being on an “island-like” sanctuary. The area has several high-end resorts and spas, beautiful beaches, and nearimpeccable year-round weather. La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is more of a commercial and cultural center than a vacation destination, although it does attract eco-

tourists looking to enjoy La Paz’s marine wonders and aquatic activities. It is home to the Museo de Antropología e Historia and La Ruta de las Misiones.


Mexico’s State of Jalisco, home to mariachi music and tequila, provides





Mexican culture. Guadalajara is considered to be the cultural center of Western Mexico and the




downtown is home to Plaza de Armas,



Cathedral and The Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres, among several




historical sites including Hospicio Cabañias, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travelers also enjoy the city’s music culture, ranging from sidewalk Mariachi bands to the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco. Also in Jalisco is the town of Tequila and its surrounding agave fields, listed as a World Heritage Site. Some tourists take the popular Tequila Express and tour tequila country, seeing a number of haciendas and stopping for a tasting along the way. COPPER CANYON

Named for its copper green coloring, the Copper Canyon is located





Chihuahua and lures many travelers




experience the Chihuahua al Pacífico known

train to








which runs through 390 miles of the canyons. The journey takes





experience is enhanced with breathtaking views and scenery. Another tourist attraction is the 807-feet tall Basaseachic Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Mexico. Nature lovers and eco-tourists enjoy hiking, camping and bird watching in the area, which is still home to the Rarámuris and Tarahumaras, indigenous peoples who live in the mountains.

ANIMAL NEWS…DID YOU KNOW? Spiky Baby Killers: Echidna Secrets Revealed An egg-laying, spiny mammal with a four-headed penis is already pretty bizarre, but it turns out short-beaked echidnas are even stranger than we thought. Weighing up to nine pounds (four kilograms) and resembling a big hedgehog, the short-beaked echidna is one of only three species of monotremes—or egg-laying mammals—left in the world, along with the platypus and long-beaked echidna. Unlike hedgehogs, echidnas brandish “spines” that are actually modified hairs. One of Australia‘s most widespread mammals, the short-beaked echidna is versatile, thriving everywhere from the tropics to the island of Tasmania (map), where University of Tasmania zoologist Stewart Nicol has been tracking the animals’ behavior with radio transmitters since 1996. (Also see “Primitive and Peculiar Mammal May Be Hiding Out in Australia.”) Before Nicol came along, “surprisingly little work” had been done on echidnas. But the more that he probed into echidnas, the “more fascinated I became,” he said. We caught up with Nicol, a National Geographic grantee, to learn about the latest unusual echidna discoveries—and why he’s found them to be ”spiky baby killers rather than friendly, furry creatures.” 1. Echidnas live as long as 50 years. Their longevity is due to ”living life in the slow lane,” Nicol said, which means their metabolism is very slow and their body temperature very low— about 89°F (32°C). Nicol has been tracking some individual echidnas for 18 years. “They seem to have personalities—some of them get quite grumpy and annoyed when you handle them, others are very docile. Some of them will pee all over you when you pick them up.” Thanks to their unusually large and complex brain, the mammals are also smart: Nicol recounted one incident in which his team found a wild echidna that had lost its radio transmitter and needed a new one. When the critter spotted the team from across a field, “you could see it run like crazy because it knew what was happening. It was going, ‘Oh, shit, here we go again.’”

2. Male echidnas may mate with hibernating females.

The solitary animals often have overlapping ranges, as Nicol’s GPS data has shown. “The males have great big home ranges and spread themselves out to make sure they have access to as many females as possible,” he said. Both males and females hibernate in burrows, but the males often wake up earlier and sneak into females’ burrows, where they mate with the still-hibernating animals. Females can even wake up pregnant, perhaps with no memory of mating (a phenomenon Nicol has dubbed “cool sex”). In general, females are promiscuous, mating with a lot of males, and continue to mate even when pregnant. “It is not clear how much choice the females have in this,” Nicol noted. 3. Males have “enormous testes.” During mating season, testicles can make up as much as one percent of their body mass. (Since the organs are inside their bodies, not dragging along the ground, Nicol and his team had to catch the animals and use ultrasound to measure the size.) Big testes usually imply stiff competition for promiscuous females, which is certainly true for echidnas—it’s common to see up to ten males pursuing an individual female. Nicol added that he’s lifted a log in Tasmania and found three or four male echidnas hanging out with a single female. Another example of the intense competition for females is what happens to the testes during hibernation. In other hibernators the testes shrink during hibernation and have to be regrown when the animal warms up. Echidnas regrow their testes before they enter hibernation, ensuring they are ready for action when they rewarm. 4. Males may kill babies. After a three-week pregnancy the female echidna makes a nursery burrow, where she lays her egg directly into her pouch, incubating it for ten days until it hatches into a baby. The female then feeds the baby with milk for another five to six weeks, before she leaves the burrow to forage. She returns at five- or six-day intervals to feed the baby, and only stays with it for a few hours. While the mother is in the nursery with her egg or the newborn baby males may try to break into the burrow, presumably to mate with the female again.

If this happens the young dies—“we don’t know exactly how, but presumably just by being dislodged from the mother’s pouch”— which would make the female come into heat again. “The death of the young is an essential part of his strategy because it will remove a young that is not related to him from the population, while giving him a chance to impregnate the female himself.” Interestingly, the only males that break into the nursery burrows are the ones she hasn’t mated with yet, suggesting the males know which females they’ve already mated with. 5. Echidnas don’t have nipples… but do have supermilk. In most mammals, a nipple is a tidy way for a baby to ingest milk without spilling it. In nipple-less echidnas, babies suck from a “milk patch,” an area that oozes milk. “You can hear the slurping sounds from outside the burrows,” Nicol said. Since the milk spills out around the warm pouch, potentially harmful bacteria can form. Echidnas have evolved a defense for this, which Nicol has discovered: Their milk contains proteins that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, thus protecting their young from illness. Overall, Nicol said, his research on Tasmanian echidnas boosts overall knowledge of the animals, which could help save the critically endangered long-beaked echidna of New Guinea. What do you think is the weirdest thing about the echidna?

How we are going to live THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 BRAZIL! 2.3 M I L L I O N T I C K E T S F O R T H E 201 4 F IF A W O R L D C U P A L R E A D Y A L L O C A T E D T O FANS!


Zico, Jairzinho, Carlos Alberto, Socrates, Brazil

Bebeto, Romario, Cafu, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. The list of players who

Founded in 1914 and affiliated to FIFA since 1923, the Confederaçao Brasileira de

have etched their names into the collective memory is quite literally

Futebol (CBF) boasts a staggering list of honours: five FIFA World Cups™, eight

breathtaking. Brazilian football continues to produce

Copa Americas, four FIFA Under-20 World Cups, three FIFA Under-17 World Cups,

exceptional new talents, and these days it is superstars Ronaldinho (Ronaldo de Assis

two FIFA Confederations Cups, four FIFA Futsal World Cups, three FIFA Beach

Moreira) and Kaka (Ricardo Izecson Santos Leite) who are thrilling football-

Soccer World Cups and dozens of continental trophies. Few federations have

lovers the world over.

left anything like the same mark on international football.

History It is often said that the first European explorer to set foot in the country was

In fact, the only sour note for the country that produced Pele came in the final of

Spaniard Vicente Yanez supposedly landed near

'their' 1950 FIFA World Cup. Watched by 174,000 stunned supporters packed into

modern-day Recife on 26 January 1500. Officially, however, it is Portuguese Pedro

the mythical Maracana stadium, the Seleçao let the fourth edition of the Jules

Alvares Cabral who is regarded as the discoverer of Brazil. His fleet, in search of

Rimet Cup slip from their grasp in a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

the Indias, sailed into the South of modern-day Bahia on 22 April 1500. Since

Football occupies pride of place in Brazil, and although Brazilians are also passionate about volleyball, basketball, tennis, formula-one and other motor sports, only the legendary Ayrton Senna is revered in quite the same way as the country's most famous exponents of 'the beautiful game'. Chief among them is O R E I , Pele, whose name is almost synonymous with Brazilian sport itself, but a whole raft of unique talents have worn the Seleção shirt with distinction down the years: Leonidas, Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Zagallo, Tostão,

Pinzon, who the site of

1530, the Portuguese Crown implemented a colonising policy that lasted centuries and ended when Dom Pedro I declared the country's independence on 7 September 1822. After 1822, Brazil was governed by an imperial dynasty until a military revolt led by Marshal Manuel Deodoro da Fonseca forced Emperor Dom Pedro II to abdicate in November 1889. The country became a republic and, despite a long period of instability and even military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985, it now enjoys the fruits of democracy.

Current President Dilma Rousseff has held

January 2011.

the post since her inauguration on 1 Economy

used in furniture-making. Brazil has also

Predominantly agrarian until recently, Brazil underwent rapid industrial growth

begun mining fairly recently, again taking advantage of its abundant natural

throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and by the 1980s possessed a fundamentally


modern, diversified economy. This development went hand in hand with heavy exploitation of its natural resources, in particular coal and iron ore.

Geography The largest country in South America, Brazil stretches over almost half of the continent. With the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern coastline, Brazil shares frontiers

Nearly a quarter of the world's coffee comes from Brazil, with its plantations

with Venezuela, Guyana, French Guyana and Surinam to the north. Its neighbours

spread around the states of Sao Paulo, Parana, Espiríto Santo and Minas Gerais.

to the west are Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, while Colombia is to the

Likewise, Brazil is one of the foremost producers of sugar cane, used not only to

north-west and Uruguay directly south. Of all the countries in South America, only

make sugar but also the alcohol that fuels 2.5 million specially-designed vehicles.

Chile and Ecuador do not border Brazil.

Production levels of ricin, cocoa, corn and oranges are among the highest in the world as well, while soy, tobacco, potato, cotton, rice, wheat, manioc and bananas are also produced in large quantities. In addition, sheep and cattle are reared in almost every state.

With a surface area of 8,547,404 km², Brazil is the fifth largest country on the planet behind Russia, China, Canada and the United States. It covers 4,345 km from north to south between its furthest points and 4,330 km from east to west. The highest population concentrations are

The Brazilian rainforest is another source

along the Atlantic coastlines, most notably in the two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio

of natural riches, rubber, carnauba

including tung oil, oil, caroa fibre,

de Janeiro. The capital Brasilia has a population of 2,094,000, according to

medicinal plants, vegetable oils, resins, timber for construction and various woods

2003 estimates, and it is situated over 1,000 km inland.

Facts and Figures Brazil has roughly 190 million inhabitants, making it the fifth most populated country on Earth. Almost 75 per cent of them are Catholics, whilst another 26 million are Protestants. Brazil's Jewish community is very small by comparison. The country is divided into five regions (Centre-West, North, Northeast, South and Southeast), which are themselves divided into 26 states plus the Federal District that houses Brazilian capital Brasília. Known for its enormous hydroelectric potential, the Southeast region is the most heavilypopulated in Brazil with almost 80 million inhabitants, roughly 40 per cent of the total. It is also the most densely-populated (84.21 inhabitants per km²) and has the highest urbanisation rate at 90 per cent. The official language is Portuguese, however many Brazilians speak other languages according to their origins. German and Italian, for example, are fairly prevalent in the cities of the South.

How old am I? I was born on the 1st January 2000 (the very first Brazilian threebanded armadillo to be born in the new millennium!) and I am 14 now.

My family and childhood I was born in the eastern part of Brazil to a line of armadillos that once populated the entire country. In recent years I have travelled the country meeting new people, and every time I take away with me a local custom, habit, expression or fond memory. I’m still in contact with my parents and siblings and return home at least once a year to play football with my friends. I love to update my social media profiles to keep in contact with my family and friends. As a true Brazilian, I enjoy spending time in open savannahs and dry woodlands, the Amazon rainforest or on any beach on the Brazilian coast, as long as there is a football pitch nearby. Although I used to be very shy, like my fellow armadillo friends, all this travel and making friends has made me self-confident and a proud Brazilian, warm-hearted and hospitable, like so many people in my country.

My species Something you should know about me is that, as a Brazilian three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus), I belong to one of only two species of armadillo with the ability to roll up into a tight, almost impenetrable ball. When we armadillos do this, the ears are tucked into the shell and the head and tail interlock to seal the shell

completely. When threatened, sometimes we do not seal our armor completely, but wait until we are touched. The loose armor of the three-banded armadillo creates a layer of air between the shell and the body, which insulates us and we can therefore travel to parts of Brazil considered too dry for other animals. Cool, huh?

Why the blue shell? The shell that protects me has evolved to represent the natural beauty of Brazil that I am so committed to protecting. The blue tones represent the sky and clear waters in and around Brazil, which are full of life. The colors also contrast with the green tones of a football pitch and enable me to stand out when I am playing my favorite sport! I really enjoy playing practical jokes on my friends. My trademark is confusing my friends on the football pitch by suddenly snapping into a ball during a match. When I score a goal I usually celebrate by doing the "armadillo roll�.

Written by: Patricia Lopez Valentin Chi Karen Panti Getzemani Granillo Kevin Ku

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